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Blowback: ISIS Leaders Are Former Officers of Saddam Hussein’s Army

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Blowback: ISIS leaders are former officers of Saddam Hussein’s armyDr. Eowyn:

Blowback is a bitch.

If you, like I, wonder how and why the Islamic State seemingly came from nowhere with military skills and prowess, here’s the answer.

Blowback: ISIS leaders are former officers of Saddam Hussein’s armyOriginally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Here’s an unintended consequence of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq which overthrew Saddam Hussein and his Baath party from power:

Most of the senior leaders of the murderous Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) are former members of Hussein’s army.

Islamic State leadersLiz Sly writes for The Washington Post, April 4, 2015, that even with the influx of thousands of foreign fighters, almost all of the leaders of the Islamic State are former Iraqi military officers, including the members of its shadowy military and security committees, and the majority of its emirs and princes, according to Iraqis, Syrians and analysts who study the group.

They have brought to the organization the military expertise and some of the agendas of the former Baathists, as well as the smuggling networks developed to avoid sanctions in the 1990s and which now facilitate the Islamic State’s illicit oil trading.

Abu Hamza (not his…

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